Featuring more than 75 photographs by leading, emerging, and amateur photographers, Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the ways in which our contemporary understanding of beauty has been informed by photographers and artists working from 1890 to the present. It incorporates a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, and other forms of popular culture and prompts rich discussions about the contested ways that African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts.
Posing Beauty in African American Culture (September 5 – December 7, 2013) is curated by Deborah Willis and organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California. The Museum acknowledges support from:
Make plans to attend the opening celebration of Posing Beauty on Thursday, September 12, 2013. In the meantime, please enjoy “The Artist’s Way,” Dr. Willis’ recent conversation about her work as a curator and an artist.